Time’s Up: Legitimate Dissent Versus Sabotage ~ by Khadija Nassif of “The Sojourner’s Passport” [Relevant, 2nd Essay, Open Forum]

Time’s Up: Legitimate Dissent Versus Sabotage ~ by Khadija Nassif of “The Sojourner’s Passport” [Relevant, 2nd Essay, Open Forum]

The topic of online activism, and the difference between dissenters and saboteurs came up during a recent conversation. I believe that far too many African-American bloggers are dangerously naive about the difference between these two categories. I believe this is because most of them have never had the opportunity to participate in an actual, sustained movement (as opposed to agitating about a single individual or incident).

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Note from Christelyn: I post this as an announcement that the dissent platform for this site is now closed. I feel I have given everyone a fair chance to speak out about their concerns with this protest/movement. Feel free to write what you like on your personal blogs, but I and other members feel it is time to move the conversation forward. Too much debate has kept us mired in this mess for 40 years. Time to stop complaining and DO.

Saying that, the following amazing essay, written w/o NWNW in mind, explains the reasoning behind this change in policy:


Another Look At Legitimate Dissent Versus Sabotage << The Sojourner’s Passport
by Khadija Nassif on August 12th, 2010

UNLIKE THEIR OPPONENTS, MANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ONLINE ACTIVISTS ARE DANGEROUSLY NAIVE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISSENT VERSUS SABOTAGE

The topic of online activism, and the difference between dissenters and saboteurs came up during a recent conversation. I believe that far too many African-American bloggers are dangerously naive about the difference between these two categories. I believe this is because most of them have never had the opportunity to participate in an actual, sustained movement (as opposed to agitating about a single individual or incident).

I get the feeling that many of these naive, new-school African-American bloggers would let Klan members and neo-Nazis write guest posts for their blogs if they asked to do so. Because they somehow feel obligated to give equal time to people who hate them and would like to see them dead. Because they don’t want to be accused of “censoring” anybody, including the Klan or neo-Nazis. That’s insane.

Meanwhile, the Klan, neo-Nazis, and semi-veiled racists like Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, and their ilk don’t allow progressives to use their shows as platforms to market progressive ideas. Unlike confused African-Americans and progressives, these people have no qualms about maintaining control over how the platforms they built are used. They don’t allow other people to freely hijack their platforms. If they bring on an actual progressive (as opposed to a lukewarm, Demo-publican masquerading as a legitimate proponent of progressive values), they make sure the deck is heavily stacked against that person while they’re on their show. They edit whatever they say if the show is taped, cut them off when they’re speaking live, set them up with false and misleading questions, tell lies about the guest, and so on.

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